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Malcolm X | 1992 | PG-13 | - 2.5.6

Director Spike Lee's biopic of the slain African-American leader, it follows Malcolm X's life as a conversion from petty criminal, to religious fanatic, to unapologetic racist and finally to enlightened leader teaching a message of self-reliance and self-respect.

SEX/NUDITY 2 - A man is seduced by a woman in a dance hall. They are later shown kissing and some petting between a couple in the back seat of a car. A woman is shown in a conservative negligee and a man in bed with only his underwear. A man and woman are shown lying on the beach kissing, fully clothed.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - Opening credits and voice over occur while scenes of the Rodney King beating are shown, which fades into an American flag burning. A man is shown, with a bloody head, tied to railroad tracks. We hear him screaming as the train approaches. A man is hit on the head with a bottle and left bloody. Two men play Russian roulette with a seemingly loaded gun. Death threats are made over the telephone. A man is beaten by the police and taken to prison. Repeated slow motion shooting of Malcolm X and others around him.


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LANGUAGE 6 - S.O.B., several times. There are racial references, reference to a female dog, the F-word and its variations are used several times.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Racism, inter-racial relationships.

MESSAGE - Whites and blacks may have to live separately, but racial harmony is the best solution to racism.

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Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.


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